Panel Offers Current Master of Jurisprudence Students a Look at the Varied Careers Open to Them
Web Editor - Published: April 1, 2012
On Tuesday, March 27th, students in Widener Law’s Master of Jurisprudence in Health Law and Master of Jurisprudence in Corporate and Business Law had the opportunity to hear from six panelists who shared details about their careers and how their degrees helped them down their career paths.

The event opened with a welcome from Assistant Dean and Executive Director of Institutes Eileen Grena-Piretti before each of the distinguished panelists then spoke briefly about their work. The six panelists were Courtland Hines, Manager for Corporate Internal Audit at Johnson & Johnson; Bonnie Millman, Privacy Officer for Bayhealth Medical Center; Robert Kay, Director of Compliance for Cooper University Hospital; Barry Sickels, Vice President for US Regulatory Affairs at AstraZeneca; Sharon Larson, In-house LNC for Messa & Associates; and Lynda Kopiske, who serves as adjunct faculty for both Widener Law and Delaware Technical and Community College.

“Really, what it has done for me is compliment my background and make me more valuable to the company,” said Barry Sickels of the value of his MJ during his remarks.

Other panelists echoed those thoughts. Courtland Hines noted several specific areas that his graduate education helped him from “legal jargon” and how to “write clearly,” and he concluded that the skills he learned helped him “to sit across from the attorneys and feel confident.”

Current MJ students had an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists as a group after the panelists all had a chance to speak.

“It was wonderful to hear from MJ alumni, and what they have done with their degree. It was also helpful to be able to network with them, and to discuss ways to bridge the gap from clinical to other opportunities,” said current MJ student Kathy Kiesel.